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Who is John Stuart Mill, and what is his harm principle?

    John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, economist, and political theorist who lived in the 19th century. He is best known for his work in utilitarianism and liberalism. Mill’s most significant contribution to political philosophy is his harm principle, which he outlined in his renowned work ‘On Liberty.’

    The harm principle asserts that the only legitimate reason for interfering with an individual’s liberty is to prevent harm to others. According to Mill, individuals have complete freedom to act as they wish as long as their actions do not cause harm to others. This principle emphasizes the importance of personal autonomy and individual liberty while recognizing that there are limits to this freedom in order to protect the well-being of others.

    By adopting the harm principle, Mill aimed to establish a framework for balancing individual freedom with the collective interest of society. He argued that restricting someone’s liberty based on paternalistic or moralistic grounds is unjustified unless it prevents harm to others. This principle has been influential in shaping modern liberal theories and serves as a cornerstone for debates on the limits of individual freedom and state intervention in society.


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